In Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the drain into which Marion Crane’s blood goes down after being murdered by Norman Bates who is notoriously afraid of filth represents Hitchcock’s philosophy that what lies inside every human is dark and dirty. This juxtaposition of brutality and gore with Marion’s attempt to purify her body and mind of her sexual urges tells us that in the end, all people return to that of the dirt. The drain itself with its depth made uncalculatable by its darkness shows us how not only how humans return to the dirt but also how humans have the compulsory need to hide and throw away the waste-like qualities within us.

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